LearnEnglish Podcasts

Listen to the British Council’s most popular English language podcasts in LearnEnglish Podcasts.

Improve your listening, reading and understanding of general and business English – any time, anywhere. LearnEnglish Podcasts has lots of special features that make learning English fun.

Podcasts are downloadable any time, so you can access the content offline. Then, when you have finished with an episode, you can delete it to make space on your phone.

LearnEnglish Podcasts – key features

  • New podcasts are added every week, so you never run out of things to listen to. We have podcasts on a range of topics, from language learning tips to information about the world, so there is something for everyone.
  • Downloadable episodes mean you can listen offline. But don’t worry, when you have done with an episode you can delete it, so it doesn’t use up space on your phone.
  • Interactive audio scripts allow you to repeat hard-to-hear phrases or new vocabulary easily. Plus, pitch control means you can slow down the audio speed if the speaker is a bit difficult to understand.
  • Background playing means that you can listen to the audio while the screen is off, which means you can slip your phone in your pocket and listen to podcasts on the go.
  • Enjoy simple exercises for every episode of content, with a progress screen so that you can track your progress.
  • Share what you’re watching and listening to through Facebook, Twitter and email with integrated social media sharing. Celebrate your progress with your friends.

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Submitted by sahb on Mon, 22/07/2024 - 21:19

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Hi,

I would like to thank you for all the efforts and tools that you offer to us which makes our journey with English easer and delightful.

I'm using your apps and website services for a long time specially podcasts app

The last 4 days I cannot download any episode . I noticed that when I open the app shows me a message says "NO INTERNET CONNECTION" the same message appears when I open your videos app 

For me there is no issues in the connection for sure. Meantime all other applications are normal ,I suspect that either you have an issue in your servers or a conflict between your apps and the last security patch update from Android for July 2024

Currently I use Android 14 .. one UI 6.1

Best regards 

Sahb 

Hello Sahb,

Thank you for letting us know about the problem. The podcast team is working on a solution to this problem.

Best wishes,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Zoe_loves_E on Sun, 21/07/2024 - 11:53

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Dear podcast-creating team 

I am writing this email to express my deep gratitude for all of the wonderful podcasts you have made. Thanks to them, I’ve been able to improve my listening skills and make big progress in my English learning journey. Listening to these podcasts has become my everyday habit, and I’d feel like a day had been wasted without me using the app. 
Much as I want to keep gaining knowledge and practice my English skills with the help of this app, I haven’t managed to access the content for 3 days. Whenever I open the app, all that I can see is the words “No results found” in the home page. Could you please review the app so that we regular listeners can continue to have great experience with it? 
Thank you so much and best regards. 
Zoe Phan

Hi Zoe_loves_E,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about the problem. We will get in touch with the podcast team so that they can investigate.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

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Submitted by bguzmancsineros on Fri, 19/07/2024 - 14:59

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Hello ! I have a problem ! 
I was very happpy learning English with this podcast but suddenly today the app is empty !! 
I can’t see any episodes on the app. When I open the app and reach for an episode I found this message

“No se encontraron resultados” 


please help me, I really enjoy this podcast.


Thank you in advance 

Hi bguzmancsineros,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about the problem. We will get in touch with the podcast team so that they can investigate.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Erhan1989 on Fri, 21/06/2024 - 19:58

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Hello, I am a Xiaomi note 8 pro mobile phone user. I installed the British Council podcasts application on my phone, but the podcasts series in the link( https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/audio-series/podcasts ) are not included. Is there anything I need to do to access these podcasts within the application?

Hi Erhan,

All the old series are still there. Just scroll down the Home screen to Series, and then tap See all next to Series

That will give you a full list of all the different series in the app, as it was before the update. 

All the best!
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Forex4 on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 20:34

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Why the app doesn't work on the Samsung S24 Ultra 

Hello Forex4,

I'm sorry to hear you're having problems accessing the app on your phone. We haven't had any comments from other users about this device so it's possible the problem is something to do with your device settings or local settings. I can only suggest you check these to see if you can solve the problem that way.

If this is a problem with the particular phone model we'd like to hear from any other users with the same issue.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning Peter, I'm also experiencing issues with accessing the podcast app on my Samsung S22. I have already uninstalled and reinstalled the application twice but have not resolved the issue. Thank you and have a nice day

Hello LiviaDrusilla81 and Forex4,

I've reported your issues to our technical team. They are working to find a solution as quickly as they can.

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.

Best wishes,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Hello there, I dont know what happened. It was good, but this app does'nt work now.I dont undrestand why??

 Phone model is xiaomi9pro.

thank you for fallow up

Submitted by essamalrawi on Thu, 01/06/2023 - 13:02

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Will you upload new episodes?

Hi essamalrawi,

We aren't planning to make any new episodes at the moment. But if you enjoyed the podcasts, you may also be interested in Writing home (linked), an audio series with 20 episodes and an engaging story. I hope you enjoy it.

Jonathan

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Gamini on Wed, 22/02/2023 - 19:47

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Hi, can you recommend a series for A2 level?

Hello Gamini,

Series 3 and 4 of the LearnEnglish podcasts are easier than series 1 and 2, and it's not necessary to listen to series 1 and 2 first. That would be my first recommendation.

If that's too challenging, I'd recommend Starting Out, which is available in the LearnEnglish Videos app and on the LearnEnglish website.

Please let us know if that doesn't work for you so we can help you find something else.

All the best,
Kirk
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by ertu... on Sat, 14/01/2023 - 13:34

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Hello
Before starting to listen to the podcasts, I would like to know levels of them. Which series is proper for which level? How can I learn a series' level?

Hello ertu...,

All four series are at the B1 level, but I think series 3 and 4 are a little easier than the first two. There are also more episodes in series 3 and 4, and they are shorter.

I'd encourage you to listen to one from series 1 and another one from series 3 and then choose the one that suits you best. They do come in order, but it's not really necessary to listen to them in order. There is a story that develops from the beginning to the end, but there's also a lot of other interesting topics and activities that can be done in any order.

Just so you know, all of the episodes are also available on the website.

Hope you enjoy them!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello taitanlam666,

I'm sorry that's not working for you like it should.

Have you tried scrolling down to the bottom of the home screen in the app? As far as I know, all four series should be visible there.

If that doesn't work for you, could you please tell us what device you are using and send us a screenshot? You can do this on our Contact us page. Please mention my name in your message so that it gets to me.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by khrys79 on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 19:39

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Hello, I wanted to know if this application is compatible with windows, thanks

Hello khrys79,

I'm afraid it is only available for Android and iOS. Sorry!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Angie_Vergara on Fri, 11/03/2022 - 05:31

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Hello, I wanted to know if this application can be used by people of beginner level A1? or only for intermediate and advanced?

Hi Angie_Vergara,

This app doesn't have any podcasts specifically for A1-level learners, but it does have four series of elementary podcasts (A2 level) which they may like to try.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Babakbb on Mon, 28/02/2022 - 16:48

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If the application connects to Google Translator, it is very good to see the translation of words

Submitted by Babakbb on Mon, 28/02/2022 - 16:45

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Why some of the podcasts that are in the application do not exist in the site?

Submitted by Fayed on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 13:54

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Hi, This such a great application. I learned and am still leaning a lot of English from it. I just can't wait for the update that allows using the background playing. Another thing is if you could add an option to autoplay/repeat the episodes and autoplay the next one that would be fantastic. Thank you

Submitted by khoagia on Fri, 11/12/2020 - 06:55

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This app is such a great app ever. But I wanna talk about a small problem. I need a button that can help us replay audio continuously.
Hi Khoagia, Thank you for your suggestion. I will pass your comment to our app manager. If you have any other suggestions in the future, please feel free to let us know at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org. Your feedback is very important to us. :) Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by Yuosof on Sat, 19/09/2020 - 08:55

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Hi . It is a great application . But ,it has two problems : 1;my phone found 8 problem into application,this cause of be my phone warm 2;has advertise and why the first level in the end Thanks to salve the problem

Submitted by Elise on Wed, 16/12/2020 - 04:03

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Hi Yuosof, Thank you for your comment. We are sorry LearnEnglish Podcasts is not working properly for you. Could you please forward the issue to us at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org? In your email, please include your device model and OS version. We will do our best to assist further. Thank you! Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 14:52

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Recently I hear that the number of people who listen to Podcast and radio is increasing due to COVID-19! Thank you for your great support! :)
Hi Rafaela, Thank you for your comment. Yes, that is true that we are getting more listeners to our podcasts during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have just finished two series for 'LearnEnglish from Home' and we are going to start a new series 'A better world' very soon. You can listen to preview for the new series in our app. We hope you will find it interesting. Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team
Hi Elise Can't wait! Let us know the new series! ;)

Submitted by aswathyraj on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 11:03

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I am unable to download audios in app since yesterday. Requesting your assistance, to solve the issue. Thank you

Hello aswathyraj,

As Elise explains in her response to Adriano (just below), we have been having trouble with our server these days, and I expect this is why you haven't been able to download any audio.

We're very sorry for the inconvenience. Please try again soon and if you're still having trouble in 24 hours, please feel free to let us know again.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Aswathy, I'm happy to tell you that we've identified the problem on our servers, and have fixed it, and everything is now working fine. Thank you so much for your patience in this, and apologies for the inconvenience of not being able to listen to any podcasts for the last few days. Enjoy your listening practice again, and do listen out for our new series A Better World, which will start next week. All the very best, and sorry again for the problem. Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by Adriano Martins on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 03:08

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Hello. I can't download it the episodes from the Learn English podcasts app. Some information about myself: - Name of app: Learn English Podcasts - App Version: 3.8.2.6.1 - Phone model: Motorola Moto G6 play - System: Android 9

Submitted by Elise on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 07:18

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Hi Adriano, Thank you so much for letting us know about this. We are currently experiencing a problem with our servers, and are working to fix it. We'll let you now as soon as it's fixed. Many thanks for your patience, and apologies for the inconvenience. Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by Elise on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 02:46

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Hi Adriano, I'm happy to tell you that we've identified the problem on our servers, and have fixed it, and everything is now working fine. Thank you so much for your patience in this, and apologies for the inconvenience of not being able to listen to any podcasts for the last few days. Enjoy your listening practice again, and do listen out for our new series A Better World, which will start next week. All the very best, and sorry again for the problem. Elise LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by Claudio10 on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 21:56

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Hi, I'm new here. I've listened to "Elementary podcasts" and they're great, thank you very much. But I'm not sure this podcast is the correct one I was looking for, because: 1) the little photo of the podcast in here (in this web page) is different from the one of the App I have downloaded on my iPhone; 2) there are only 3 episodes available; 3) the recordings are very old (they say: Julay 2008). Is there something better I could do? Thank you Claudio, from Rome
Hi, it's me again. Sorry, I found out that I was listening to very old registrations and I've now discovered the new podcasts. They are excellent, and I'm going to enjoy myself, thank you
Hi Claudio 10, thank you for your review and also thank you for letting us know you found the new podcasts. In our LearnEnglish Podcasts app, we update the content regularly. We have recently finished a podcasts series called 'LearnEnglish from Home series 2', which you will find it on the top of the list in the home page of our app. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know at learnenglish.mobile@britishcouncil.org. Thank you! :)
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sat, 13/06/2020 - 13:32

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Thank you for your help guys!

Submitted by Mansoor Ali on Sat, 13/06/2020 - 05:04

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Hi im Mansoor from pakistan, i wanna know which series is best for ielts listening?

Hi Mansoor,

Have you tried visiting the IELTS section of our site? You can find it here:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/IELTS

You'll find some courses for IELTS preparation there - both paid and free.

 

You should also visit our dedicated IELTS site, which has a huge amount of information and many preparation materials, including practice exams and sample answers. You can find that here:

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/

Be sure to visit the section on preparation.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team